Sometimes I get lazy when selecting a soda. Sometimes I don’t want to go searching for the most unique thing out there on the market. This was one of those times, thus the reason today’s review is Walgreens Strawberry Cherry Escape. Chances are if you have a friendly neighborhood Walgreens in your area you’ll be able to find this flavor. I really don’t feel all that bad for reviewing this soda because it’s probably more easily obtained than many of the others we review. With that said I don’t have high expectations for it. I blame my biased thoughts about Walgreens Strawberry Cherry Escape on the fact that I think I’m slowly becoming a soda snob. Hopefully this drink helps bring me back to my roots.
As I crack open this 20oz bottle I start to get a familiar feeling. Yes I’ve opened many a 20oz bottle but that’s not what I’m feeling. Putting my nose to the bottle I get both of the scents written on the label with strawberry winning the tug of war with my nostrils. That’s truly an odd thing to picture. Any who, it’s time to consume.
Light carbonation, fruity flavor, not too overly sweet… not too shabby. The taste is much like the scent which makes it nice that my nose didn’t play any tricks on me. There’s nothing overly special about this soda but I’m starting to realize what that familiar feeling is I was feeling earlier. I don’t know if it’s the generic packaging of this soda or the basic red coloring but something about this is sending me back to my childhood.
When I look at a bottle of Walgreens Strawberry Cherry Escape I immediately get the mental image of a kid in the 1980’s who we’ll call Luke. Luke is having a party and everything is going well. His best buds are there… and heck even a few girls are there but they aren’t quite old enough to realize they aren’t gross yet. Luke and company have consumed all the Pepsi purchased for the party but they still need more to drink. “We’re thirsty, Mom!” Luke says. “Well why don’t you get some of those extra drinks in the garage?” she replies. Luke then begins to make the trek to the garage. He squeezes past the car, and tiptoes his way around the tools sitting on the wall. He’s wearing his favorite Thundercats t-shirt so he doesn’t want to get any grease on it. After making his way around to the corner of the garage he spies the sodas his mother has mentioned. There they sit, on top of what can only be described as half a cardboard box. This is the usual place the sodas are kept and the evidence of can indentations only proves this further. Luke grabs a couple of the 2 liter bottles, reveling for just a moment in the warmth that they give him. Once again he squeezes past the car, the tools, and all the other junk in the garage. It’s a bit harder this go around since the two bottles are a bit much for him to hold onto at this young age. As he makes his way back inside, with no thanks to any of the other partygoers, he places the bottles on the countertop so his mother can open them. She does indeed open the bottles and pours the warm liquid onto the cubed ice, melting it instantly. This fake recollection of memory is why Mike wants you to buy a pack of Walgreens Strawberry Cherry Escape. I on the other hand think that while this memory could be accurate, the taste of this beverage is average.
Verdict – Buy a Bottle
Look at it... how exotic!